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Buyer’s Brief: Editing Software


Smoke 2015

Smoke 2015, the latest version of Autodesk’s professional video effects and editing tool for Mac-based studios, features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support and optimization for Apple’s Mac Pro running OS X Mavericks, and better interoperability with Apple Final Cut Pro X. The improved integration with Final Cut Pro X supports more timeline and effects metadata for a fast, accurate project transfer between the apps. In addition, Smoke sequences can be exported as XML with accompanying QuickTime media files. With this update, Smoke is available via Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis with monthly, quarterly and annual plans. 


Lightworks Version 12

Lightworks version 12 marks a milestone for the NLE: for the first time ever, the same version now runs on the Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms. Improvements in v12 include an overhaul to the Smart Play Engine, a new Content Manager and new color correction effects, as well as Apple ProRes export (Mac OS X only), FCP 7 XML import, compatibility with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and integration with the EditShare Flow media management system. The more intelligent Smart Play Engine automatically identifies material as interlaced or progressive and adjusts project settings accordingly. The new Content Manager provides a powerful unified interface to control and arrange all media clips, edits, bins and searches.